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Tuna Bruschette

Tweet Bruschette is the quintessential small bite and is the perfect choice for summertime eating! The tuna salad can be prepared in advance so, all you have to do is toast the bread. I use Wild Planet Albacore Tuna. Each five ounce can contains 100% pure tuna in large chunk (not bits and pieces) and […]

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Roasted Peaches & Ice Cream

Tweet Pesche arrostite e gelati is a great solution when you have more peaches than you can eat and they are all ripening at the same time! Roast a few or an entire sheet-pan, as they will keep in the refrigerator for several days (much longer than if they were sitting on the kitchen counter). […]

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Fresh Tomato & Herb Sauce

Tweet This traditional recipe has been passed down from generation to generation by Pellegrino Artusi, gastronome (a connoisseur of good food) and author of Science in the Kitchen and The Art of Eating Well, published in 1891. Use only the freshest  and finest quality ingredients for the best results. Artusi suggests straining the sauce but, I prefer […]

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Roasted Baby Eggplant

Tweet Roasted, stuffed, grilled and fried, are just some of the methods Italians (particularly southern Italians and Sicilians) use to turn this versatile vegetable into a vast variety of dishes. The smaller, baby eggplants of summer are the perfect side-dish for picnics and potlucks or simply to enjoy al fresco at home. Our recent trip […]

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Lasagna Summer Salad

Lasagna Summer Salad

Tweet This salad has the taste of summer written all over it! Vine-ripened, sweet, juicy tomatoes, fresh ricotta and a simple light basil pesto transform the traditional hearty lasagna. Okay, it’s not really lasagna but, I did use lasagna noodles. The pasta is layered with mozzarella and ricotta (same as lasagna) but, in place of […]

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Peach Bellini

Tweet Venice, Italy, considered by many to be one of the most romantic cities in the world and a favorite honeymoon destination, is where my husband, Jack and I spent a very special anniversary. The typical crowds of the tourist season were long gone, the streets were practically deserted and even the neighborhood bars and […]

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Peach & Prosciutto Bruschetta

Tweet   My inspiration for this bruschetta (singular) comes from the “small bites” of Italy, known as merenda. The nourishing small meals are defined by the season and since July is the season for peaches, it seemed a good place to start. Last weekend we took a drive to our local U-Pick Farm and we […]

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Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

Tweet This recipe is a versatile, slightly sweet, yet tart dressing that compliments a variety of fresh fruits and leafy greens. For a heartier meal, toss spring greens with the vinaigrette, place a piece of grilled salmon on top and spoon additional dressing over the salmon. Garnish with lemon slices.       Ingredients: 1/4 […]

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Panzanella Salad

Tweet Italians waste nothing … not even stale bread! Bread salad is a perfect example of la cucina povera, peasant food. Only a few humble ingredients are needed to turn yesterday’s bread into a satisfying meal. Use summer’s juiciest, vine-ripened tomatoes, a chewy, rustic, country bread, a good red wine vinegar and your best fruity, […]

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Light Basil Pesto

Tweet Pesto is an Italian sauce that is a specialty of Genoa, Italy. It is never cooked (or heated for that matter) and is made with fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and cheese. Pesto’s primary purpose (and only purpose if you ask a Genovese) is to sauce pasta. Purists will tell you […]

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